Last night’s episode of MMA Gospel Radio featured The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 alumni and WEC lightweight George Roop (11-5-1), who at WEC 51 in September pulled off the unthinkable by knocking out “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (10-3). Having mixed professional success since his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Roop told MMA Gospel Radio that he has been hard at work improving and expanding his fight game. He said, “I’m in the gym constantly, trying to get better every single day. I haven’t been training in one discipline for that long…Mixed martial arts is evolving, and I’m just trying to get better.”
Last week, the Internet blew up. Well, at least the part where MMA fans gather. All week fans and journalists speculated what UFC President Dana White was going to announce on Thursday. Most dismissed it as another “non-announcement”. Perhaps his Round 5 doll would include his famous “Do you want to be a fucking fighter?” speech, or Frank Fertitta was now head of UFC accounting. But alas, the day came and the foul-mouthed head honcho delivered a right hand straight to the MMA community’s collective jaw that could make even “The Engineer” Shane Carwin blush (11-1): The UFC will absorb the WEC and its fighters. “Junior” Jose Aldo (17-1) will defend the first ever UFC Featherweight Championship, “Smooth” Ben Henderson (11-1) and “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (12-1) will vie for a shot at the UFC lightweight crown, and Miguel Torres’ (37-3) mullet will appear in the Octagon in all its glory! These sentiments echoed through the halls of many MMA fans’ home, but what does this merger really mean for the MMA world?